Parents' Guide to

Sega Ages Fantasy Zone

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Classic shooter aims for the stars on new system.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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This classic shooter soars on a new console, bringing arcade fun to a whole new generation. Sega Ages Fantasy Zone is the remastered version of one of the more colorful arcade shooters ever released (it actually helped coin the term "cute 'em up"). As Opa-Opa, your mission was to destroy enemy ships with bombs, bullets, and special weapons in an attempt to repel an invading army on each stage. Defeating enemies would cause them to drop coins, which could be picked up and spent in an in-game shop (marked by a floating balloon that occasionally would appear) to buy engine and weapon upgrades, and even extra ships. This version has re-created the original game perfectly, and while this game is incredibly easy to learn how to play and control, the challenge is in avoiding the incoming bullets that are fired your way, as well as the erratic movements of enemy ships that could suddenly veer in your path.

But what helps Sega Ages Fantasy Zone stand out are the extra game modes, which make the gameplay feel fresh and different. For example, the coin stockpile will give you a head start on the number of coins you can spend in a store, which means that you can enter a stage better equipped to destroy enemies. A large coin stockpile is also important if you choose to take on the game as Upa-Upa, because every shot that ship takes spends coins, which adds extra tension to the gameplay: Do you constantly shoot and waste money, play it safe and only shoot when necessary, or dive for every coin you release from enemies, even though it could cost you a ship in the end? This can sometimes force split-second decisions during the game, but also makes it feel like a faster shooter. Add this with a time attack mode that focuses on flying through stages as quickly as possible, and the game becomes complex enough for shooter veterans but accessible enough for newcomers. Sega Ages Fantasy Zone proves that some classics can indeed get better with age.

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